Akhtari Bai Faizabadi or Begum Akhtar (October 7, 1914–October 30, 1974) born in Faizabad UP was a singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri. She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously). She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal. She also acted in a few films.
Kantha Embroidered Natural Indigo Cotton Scarf, Bangladesh: Shibori (tie-dye) and nakshi kantha (embroidery) cotton scarf with indigo embroidery and traditional kantha stitches. The International 2012 Panel of Experts commended the successful fusion of a contemporary design, created by tie-dyed and embroidered lines with a subtle embroidered border, revealing the identity of the reasonably priced scarf.
Kanthas are quilts made from old saris and in Bengal. From the rich landlord’s wife to the poor tenant farmer, most women make them. These are gifted to the newborn baby, to the newly wed bride, to the beloved grandfather… Using the simplest running stitch in several variations, the story of a place and a people is told. Kanthas are far more than mere quilts, and in their intricate labyrinth of stitches, flow the thoughts, feelings and hopes of their makers.